An oldie, but a goodie |

An oldie, but a goodie

by Caryn Haller

Gardnerville resident Karen Cordell walked by all the tables at the Antiques Show and Sale on Saturday with her arms kept tightly crossed.

“It’s a great show and very tempting to buy things,” she said. “We’re thoroughly enjoying looking at everything.”

When asked if there was something in particular that caught her eye she answered, “Many things: that’s why I have my arms crossed.”

Cordell was one of hundreds of visitors to the Antiques Plus biannual antiques show at the Carson Valley Inn.

Martha Lance drove 505 miles from Norwalk, Calif., to attend the show with her Carson City friend, Carole Wink.

“You find different antiques here than you would in California,” Lance said.

Wink brought a gift from her daughter-in-law to be appraised at the clinic.

The Indian squash blossom necklace turned out to be worth $2,400.

“I was shocked, pleasantly surprised. The appraiser took her time. She was very thorough and very good,” Wink said. “We’re going to tell her (daughter-in-law) it was worth a buck 98.”

Sheree Ashapa of Minden also took advantage of the appraisal clinic and had five oil paintings looked at, the oldest one dating back to 1881.

After receiving appraisals for the smaller four paintings, Ashapa was given a contact number for an art dealer in Los Angeles to get a more accurate value on the larger one that could be worth up to $22,000.

“When I found out about this show I thought, ‘perfect I’ll bring it in and have it checked out.’ I got everything I wanted out of today’s visit,'” Ashapa said. “The show is pretty exciting. It’s really neat to see all these qualified people here in little Minden.”

Appraiser Martha Williams had customers lined up out the door to find out for sure if their item passed down from generation to generation had more than sentimental value.

“We had some really good items. Tom Bartels got in a watch he appraised at $18,000,” Williams said. “I must really thank all the appraisers that helped me. They all donated their time to help me with all the appraisals.”

Mike Gerth said he always tells people not to collect because it’s a terrible disease.

However, that didn’t stop the Sparks resident from adding to his collection of about 800 casino chips.

“I enjoy the history of the casinos that are out of business,” he said.

He also collects black jack dealer aprons and slot machine glass.

Gardnerville resident Carol Lansing was selling some of her vintage jewelry, teacups and antique toys.

The one item she priced not to sell though was a photograph from pre-1920 of a young girl who lived on Nevada Street in Carson City. She was asking $75 for it.

“I don’t think she wants to leave this area. She grew up in Carson City,” Lansing said. “I’m not really sure I want to sell her.”

Nissa Chichester and her friends from Coleville, Calif., rummaged through a pile of earrings, rings, pins and pendants looking for treasure. She had about a dozen mismatched earrings set aside to buy.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do with them. It’s a hunt. I may throw them all back into the pile,” she said. “We’re very impressed with the expose here. It’s very nice, and very well done.”

The next antiques show and sale is July 14 and 15.